Hornell hotel project detailed, spring construction expected
| The Evening Tribune
HORNELL — Developers of the Hampton Inn, targeted to be built at the Route 36 Hornell Plaza, told the Common Council Monday night that groundbreaking is planned for the spring.
In the meantime, developers have submitted a site plan to the Hornell Planning Board, with that seven-member panel expected to meet Nov. 24 for review and possible approval.
Indus Hospitality Group’s business-class, 76-room, four-story hotel will be built on about four acres of land on the northern end of the plaza. Plans call for 80 parking spaces for the hotel.
The City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency (CHIDA) announced the Hampton Inn project last April, with CHIDA officials noting all the paperwork had been completed.
“Our hotel will have two accesses from the northernmost access to the plaza,” Rebecca Glitch, project engineer for BME Associates, told the Common Council at the council’s meeting earlier this week.
BME Associates is the civil engineering and land surveying company that is handling the development.
“The existing parcel is around 15 acres, so we’re going to be subdividing that into two lots,” Glitch added.
For its part, the Common Council voted 10-0 during the meeting to accept BME Associates’ assessment that the hotel project “will result in no adverse impacts” or “cause significant damages” to the environment. With that determination accepted, the project will not require an Environmental Impact Statement.
Peter Vars, president of BME Associates, said the company’s environmental assessment reviewed each relevant issue tied to potential environmental issues.
“As part of the application, there was an engineer’s report, and that included the storm water management report that allowed us to check the boxes for storm water management. Same thing about water supply, waste water disposal,” Vars said.
According to the engineers, the Department of Environmental Conservation website automatically checks historic resources, endangered species and endangered wetlands.
Vars added that the new hotel will spur a traffic study, however, BME does not anticipate that the development will significantly alter current traffic patterns.
For the present, there are no plans to develop the remaining land in the 15-acre lot, the BME officials said. Aside from access from the plaza, no separate entrances for the hotel exist in the site plan.
“That’s part of a larger discussion,” Hornell Mayor John Buckley said at the Common Council meeting. “Over the last few years I’ve had meetings with our local state Department of Transportation representatives. “They’ve been aggressively pursuing federal funding to re-do the Route 36 corridor through Hornell, basically from the city right up to Simmons-Rockwell. They’ve been unsuccessful in obtaining that funding yet. If they do, or when they do, that will be addressed along with numerous…
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